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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Many of The World's Greatest Athletes Suspected of Doping

The use of performance enhancing drugs among athletes is nothing new; every year endurance athletes use new drugs to give themselves an extra edge against the competition. While anti-doping agencies work hard to stay up to date with the latest drugs available in order to test for them, the reality is that many of the world’s greatest athletes have used and gotten away with it. In fact, leaked documents concerning the blood results of 5,000 athletes reveal that doping among track and field athletes is pervasive, and the results may be overlooked, BBC reports.

Documents obtained by The Sunday Times and the German public broadcaster ARD/WDR, found an alarming amount of cheating among athletes at some of the biggest sporting events. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie said in a statement:

“These allegations require swift and close scrutiny to determine whether there have in fact been breaches under the World Anti-Doping Code and, if so, what actions are required to be taken by WADA and/or other bodies.” 

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s world governing body, appears to have overlooked a number of athletes with suspicious blood results. Between 2001 and 2012, more than 800 of the 5,000 athletes tested had blood results that indicated a high likelihood of doping, according to the article. What’s more, of those with suspicious test results, one-third had won medals during the time period in question at the Olympics and World Championships - including 55 gold medals.

A scientist who reviews the blood tests of athletes, Robin Parisotto, told The Sunday Times:

“Never have I seen such an alarmingly abnormal set of blood values…So many athletes appear to have doped with impunity, and it is damning that the IAAF appears to have idly sat by and let this happen.”

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